Top tips for travelling when pregnant

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Whether you booked the trip of your dreams before you got the happy news or you just fancy a relaxing getaway before the realities of parenthood strike, being pregnant shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a summer holiday. Here are some things to consider for your summer holiday with bump.

Think of the destination

If the trip isn’t booked yet, the first thing you should take into account is where you’re travelling. An exotic destination may be where you’d love to visit, but opting for a European break closer to home is much safer when pregnant. Try to book a destination with a two to three hour flight, as long haul flights can be extremely uncomfortable when you’re carrying a baby. It’s also best to avoid countries that require vaccinations beforehand, or places that carry the risk of catching diseases such as malaria or Zika. Do your research and make sure that your hotel has a good range of shops, pharmacies and healthcare close by.

Pack practically

Thinking about packing those gorgeous strappy heels you wore on your last trip? Perhaps it’s time to reconsider your wardrobe. You don’t have to ditch the glamour altogether, but a combination of walking, the heat and pregnancy mean your feet are likely to swell, so pack some comfy flats and blister plasters just in case. Opt for loose, floaty summer dresses to not only accommodate your expanding bump, but also to help keep you cool in the summer heat.

Enjoy the local cuisine

But also remember to think about a balanced diet. It’s OK to treat yourself every now and then, but ensuring your diet contains all the essential vitamins and minerals is crucial when pregnant. There’s plenty of local produce to try, including fresh fruits and tasty salads.

Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t relax on holiday, but you do need to be aware of any medical needs that may arise. If you’re travelling in Europe, make sure you’re covered with a European Health Insurance Card. If you need to register or renew your EHIC, let our team of experts process the application for you. As long as you haven’t travelled intending to give birth, you’ll be covered!

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